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Kudo is a style which has various techniques from Karate and Judo among other martial arts.
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One of the purposes of martial arts, especially "Budo" is to train the mind and body to become strong and utilize that strength for the improvement of our community.
Also it is a useful method of cultivating the youth who will contribute to the society through the tough times and events in their life. "ku" means three important philosophical concepts.
1. Mujou kann (mujou kan) A view of life as something transient and empty. In other words, anything that has a shape be crushed or changed in its form someday.(Therefore it is no good for us to attached or obsessed by things.)
2. Sougo izonn (sougo izonn) Interdependency. All things exist only because they depend on each other.( Therefore one should not be Self-righteousness, or self-conceited.)
3. Huhenn Hutou (huhenn hutou) open mind, impartiality, liberalism. We can gain all things if we try to do so earnestly, but in order to be free, we should never persist with them, even day by day affairs, separating ourselves from prejudice, bias and so on.
This perspective may be expressed "Open-Mindism" (Grand master Azuma's Original term) But It never means the way of "Self-centered" , "egoistical" but "Open mind with generous", "humble heart in robust belief" . The word "do" in Kudo means "a way of life".
So for those who think the word "Kudo" as a motto of our life, all these three concepts have a heavy, a deep meaning with us. That is to say, if we meet any kind of difficulties we must face them positively and never evade without challenge.